Board of Directors
CEO + Co-Founder, PVD Lady Project City Manager, Board of Directors President
Sierra Barter is the CEO & Co-Founder of the Lady Project. Ms. Barter serves on the Board of Directors for The Lady Project as board chair, mentor with Year Up, adviser to the Millennial Professional Group, a TEDxProvidence speaker and volunteers with Friends of Homeless Animals, fostering rescue dogs. She has previously served on boards for Girls on the Run RI, Summit Neighborhood Association and StyleWeek Northeast.
Sierra Barter has been honored as one of Providence Monthly's "10 to Watch", listed as Rhode Island Monthly's "Most Powerful Women" and the YWCA "Woman of Achievement in 2014, one of Glamour's 'Hometown Heroes" in 2015 and as "Leading Women" by Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England. In 2015, she was appointed by Mayor Jorge Elorza to serve on the City of Providence's "Millennial Task Force."
A Wisconsin native, Ms. Barter moved to Providence in 2005 to attend Johnson & Wales University. She graduated in 2009 with her BS in Marketing & Advertising Communications. She is currently pursuing her MBA at Johnson & Wales University.
Sierra lives on the East Side of Providence with her two dogs, Lucy & Dee Dee and enjoys practicing yoga, a good craft beer and eating Mexican food whenever possible.
Board of Directors, Secretary + Member Rep
As an Olympic finalist in the steeplechase, 4x All-American at Providence College, European bronze medallist (1500m) and Irish champion and record holder (Steeplechase, Indoor 1500m), I know intimately the challenges and rewards of being an athlete. Because so many of these challenges start in the mind, I earned a BA in psychology, a masters degree in counseling and certification in sports psychology through the Professional Sports Psychology Group. Combining my two passions (running and psychology), I lanched Believe IAm in 2011 the same year I had my first child and retired from competitive racing.
I’m also the co-author of the bestselling Believe Training Journal (Velopress 2014) which has helped tens of thousands of athletes around the globe. And am involved in pioneering research involving elite runners during pregnancy in collaboration with the University of Ottawa.
I grew up in Wicklow, Ireland, and yearn for home while I live in Providence, RI with my husband Myles and our two sweet and energetic young daughters. I run for fun and fitness these days, leading a weekly Run with Ro running group for runners at all levels, and trying to keep up with my @RunProvidence friends on their easy days.
To further my goal of empowering fellow #sistersinsport, I’m also currently launching a school workshop program for pro athletes called Dare to Dream, with the goal of encouraging kids and teens to dream big and stay in sport.
Board of Directors, Treasurer
Tricia Fazio is a LeveragedSolutions Manager for LGC+D, specializing in the LS financial services segment. Tricia has more than seven years’ experience providing attest and accounting services to clients in varies industries including non-profit, healthcare, government and manufacturing. Tricia appreciates the traditional attest and accounting work but chose to explore the financial consulting services delivered through LeveragedSolutions. As a LS professional, she managed several client projects including the implementation of a new general ledger system, a company-wide accounting system transition from Peachtree to QuickBooks, to re-engineering and implementing new internal controls and overseeing month end/year end close processes. Among Tricia’s strength is her ability to analyze and interpret financial data to help clients/business owners make sound business decisions. In addition, she provides ongoing accounting, bookkeeping, and outsourced business services to support numerous clients. Tricia is a certified Quickbooks Online ProAdvisor. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Johnson & Wales University and currently serves as the Assistant Treasurer on the board of The Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence.
Board of Directors, Expansion Chair
Prutha Patel is presently the Vice President of Orange Leaf Yogurt for the RI Territory Office, located in Warwick, RI. A 2012 graduate of Boston University, Prutha finished a year early to embark on her career with Orange Leaf Yogurt and hit the ground running fresh out of business school with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In July of 2013, she purchased her first home on the East Side of Providence in College Hill. Ever since, Prutha has become involved with a private real estate investment group and manages 40 properties, which are a mix of commercial and residential units. She is currently on the Board for the Providence Lady Project and also a part of the 2016 Leadership RI Mu II Class.
Board of Directors, Chair Governance Committee
Michelle Vetovis has over 15 years of experience delivering major initiatives across multiple organizations and industries. As Vice President within Fidelity Enterprise Compliance, she currently is responsible for the technology strategy and Product Direction for the Compliance Technology portfolio, which impacts over 40,000 Fidelity Associates. With her passion towards Women’s initiatives, Michelle also serves on the Fidelity Women’s Leadership Group as Global co-chair of the Program in A Box Committee, works closely with the Fidelity Women in Technology Special Interest Group and is an active member of Advancing Women’s Excellence (AWE). Michelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island; is a certified Project Manager (PMP) and a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.
Sarah Waldo Jagger
Board of Directors, Development Committee
A Cape Cod native, Sarah spent ten years in Providence after graduating in 2005 from Parsons School of Design in NYC.
Sarah is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at Momma Love, a RI-based children's brand.
Sarah lost her first child, following a traumatic birth injury. She went on to have two daughters, and has blogged about loss, hope and motherhood on her blog.
Sarah lives on Cape Cod and serves as a Board Member of the Lady Project.
Board of Directors
Marisa O'Gara currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff to Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza. She has extensive experience working in government and on legislative and electoral campaigns, having served in former Mayor Angel Taveras' administration, as well as on U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's re-election campaign, and the successful 2013 campaign for marriage equality. Most notably, Marisa was Campaign Manager for Mayor Elorza, where she led a campaign team to a primary victory against the sitting City Council President and a general election victory against former Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci. She also serves as a Mentor for Year Up Providence and has been recognized as one of Providence Monthly's 2015 "10 to Watch", as a recipient of the 2015 Extraordinary Woman Award in Politics, and by the Young Democrats of RI as 2013 Young Democrat of the Year. A New Hampshire native, Marisa is a graduate of the URI Honors program and holds Bachelor's degrees in English and French.
Board of Directors
Gretchen is the co-founder and owner of dod Fitness, a company that designs and sells products which provide support and comfort for the knees, wrists and neck. She is also a certified group fitness instructor.
Over the past twenty years, Gretchen has been involved with and on the boards of numerous local and national nonprofits.including the Pasadena Cancer Support Community, Community Options in Princeton New Jersey, Pasadena Polytechnic School and others. Prior to starting her family, Gretchen was a securities trader for Paine Webber in New York City and worked in institutional sales for Montgomery Securities in San Francisco.
Gretchen has been married for 30 years and is mom to four adult children. She lives in California and Massachusetts.
Molly Garrison is currently the Director of Advancement at Lincoln School in Providence and serves on the school’s Administrative Council. Prior to joining Lincoln, Molly has held various positions in fundraising, community relations, communications and external affairs spanning more than a decade.
Molly graduated from Union College with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and is also a 2010 graduate of Leadership Rhode Island and a 2014 Women’s Fund policy fellow. She serves on the Board of Visitors at Worcester Academy and is a long-time admission volunteer for Union College. She has served on the event committee and as a Co-Chair of National Philanthropy Day in Rhode Island.
Molly is a passionate advocate for women and girls through her membership in women’s organizations and support of female candidates seeking political office.
Carole Ann Penney
Board of Directors
Carole Ann is the Associate Director of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. As a nonprofit leader and life purpose coach, she works with organizations and individuals to articulate and activate their missions in order to move strategically and intentionally toward a vision that aligns with their true purpose. When she is not coaching, she is trying to keep up with her two year-old daughter Avery Jean, or designing modern quilts in her Smithfield, RI studio.
Board of Directors
As President and Chief Executive Officer of BetaXAnalytics, Shannon works with managed care organizations to use data analytic insights to reduce health care costs, maximize reimbursements and improve health care quality.
She has served as an executive in the insurance and health industries during the past decade, working with a broad range of Fortune 500 and Fortune 50 clients. She began her career with a $5 billion national insurance company where she spent 12 years in the Sales and Client Services Division. During this time, she was promoted 5 times, working in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Rhode Island offices, eventually taking charge of branch oversight and overall operations in 18 states with 10 direct reports and over 300 indirect reports. Just six years after her start with the Future Leaders Program, she became one of the youngest female employees in corporate history to be elected a Corporate Officer.
She headed client service as the National Vice President of Client Management for a leading health and wellness strategy and service company. In this role, she led a team of executives and service professionals across the country and directed client management to the company’s Fortune 500 and Fortune 50 clients.
Shallcross has been recognized as a Providence Business News 40 Under Forty award winner in 2015 for career and community accomplishments. She graduated with a double major in International Business and Management and French from Dickinson College, holds the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation, and she has a Master of Science Degree in Insurance Management from Boston University.
Sarah Oster Kelly
Board of Directors
Sarah is a third generation attorney in Lincoln at Oster Law Offices. Her areas of practice include Family Law; Wills, Trusts and Probate; Immigration, Criminal Law and Contracts. Sarah received her bachelor's degree from Wheaton College and law degree from Roger Williams University School of Law. Sarah is active in the community and a member of various boards and committees.
Special Projects Manager
Born and raised in Providence, Kate knows the ins and outs of the Ocean State. After graduating from Rhode Island College, she started her career as a Graphic Designer. With a passion for design, events, and fitness, Kate is in charge of our active nights, book clubs, and an array of special projects in between, including our pop-up member shop at the 2014 and 2015 Summits. You can find Kate running the Blackstone Boulevard, Instagramming the hottest new restaurants, or beaching it in the summer. She has a deep love for the city of Providence, and she prefers her lobster rolls hot and buttered.
Director of Communications
Cathrine Nelson is a social media strategist with a passion for inspiration. She just graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a degree in Sports/ Entertainment/ Event Management. Originally from Syracuse, NY, Cathrine has decided to make Providence her new home. She strives to grow her personal brand and make a positive difference in her community. In her freetime, Cathrine loves to try a new restaurant and spend time with her friends + family.
Robin is a Project Manager at Women's Development Corporation, and from 2012-2016 she served as Director of Outreach & Client Relations at the recently redeveloped Arcade Providence. She is the Principal/Founder of R.Dionne Consulting and a Partner at Tabs & Robin, a Providence, Rhode Island based communications group.
She currently serves on the national executive board of the National Organization for Women (NOW), the TEDxProvidence board, and the StyleWeek/SEED board. From 2008-2016, she served as a board member of the RI Chapter of the National Organization for Women. In 2015, she was selected as a fellow for the Women's Fund of Rhode Island Women's Policy Institute.
She loves reading, writing, community building, motorcycles, and vegan cooking.
City Manager, Board of Directors Communications Committee
Alex seeks and creates opportunities to positively impact women’s lives. She is the co-founder of Ask For It, boutique communications training and consulting firm whose mission is to foster confidence and inspiration in leadership and life. She specializes in giving women the tools they need to negotiate effectively and close the gender wage gap.